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The origin of ostracize has, unfortunately, nothing to do with ostriches.

Does ‘ostracize’ have anything to do with ‘ostriches’?

It’s a nice idea, but the two words are in fact quite separate. Ostrich comes from an Old French word ostruce, dating right back to the twelfth century. The Latin term for the bird was struthiocamelus, meaning a ‘sparrow camel’, a word coined after the first encounters with ostriches, probably because of the animal’s long […]

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